TS News - HBO Europe Turns To Digital Channel

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HBO Europe Turns To Digital Channel
  BUDAPEST, Hungary, 96/11/14 (TS) -- As of 1st March 1997, all the
Eastern-European versions of HBO, and affiliated channels, will be
distributed in one 6-channel digital package. The distribution satellite is
yet to be decided but will be either Germany's Kopernikus or Israel's Amos.
Until then these channels will continue to be distributed on S-VHS LP

  The uplink will be carried out from Hungary. The satellite distribution
will improve the picture and sound quality, programmes will start at the
right time, and also live transmissions, stereo sound and teletext will now
be possible.

  The HBO programming however will still only be available for cable
networks, which could change in the future, but for now DTH viewers will
remain HBO-less.  The Polish version of HBO is already transmitted via a
digital package, but it will join the others next year.

  By: Tamas Nyitrai

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